Field Guides and Keys

Field guides and identification keys are essential for making good records.

There are many resources online and offline to help you with accurate identification, essential for biological recording. The searchable ID Signpost by the Field Studies Council (FSC) catalogues hundreds of these national resources by taxon group.

CBDC and Tullie House Museum have some keys which you may use in our offices by appointment. Contact our Recording Officer.

Local Wildlife ID guides including ferns, ladybirds, grasshoppers and shieldbugs as well as county checklists can be found on Carlisle Natural History Society’s public resource pages.

A good introduction to Recording is the NBN’s Darwin Guide to Recording Wildlife.

Tuesday, December 4th, 2018 at 7:19pm
The Waxcap
So called due to their waxy and sometimes slimy appearance. They appear in late autumn on unimproved grassland. Unimproved grassland is just that areas that have not been fertilised or had biocides added this can include rough pastures and some lawns such as graveyards https://t.co/IB7Tb9QDyt
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Sunday, December 2nd, 2018 at 9:56pm
April doing her thing! https://t.co/wsH2BDW9CP
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April Windle @aprilwindle
How many lichenologists does it take to open a gate? This many apparently, especially when situated in Naddle Forest supporting beautiful communities like this! #Haweswater #LakeDistrict #Cumbria https://t.co/shyApNP8wG
Saturday, November 10th, 2018 at 3:21am
A huge thank you to all that attended The Recorders Conference 2018! What a fantastic day with many great talks about recording in Cumbria and different projects from all over the country. See you all again next year!
#reccon18 https://t.co/E8E45AY11v
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Monday, November 5th, 2018 at 10:25pm
If you have popped into Tullie House recently you may have seen the Woodrow Wilson exhibit. Where the Cumbrian Biodiversity Data Centre gets a shout out as the oldest biological records centre! https://t.co/18NUYvnR5C CumbriaBDC photo
Monday, November 5th, 2018 at 10:13pm
Exciting news! North West England now has a @AFONature group. If your under the age of 30, live in the NW and love #nature then this is the perfect opportunity for you! PLEASE share far and wide https://t.co/wuCZ02L28U #AFON https://t.co/Q1IZgp9Ocx CumbriaBDC photo